Kaijucast is a Godzilla-related podcast where giant Japanese monsters (aka Kaiju) take center stage. Aside from the standard podcast banter, host and hardcore Godzilla-fan Kyle Yount shares his favorite music and audio clips from the films, reports news and interviews special guests in this bi-monthly podcast.
To reduce server load, the feed has been reduced to the 20 most recent episodes, but all are available for download at Kaijucast.com
12.14.2019: Operation Final Kaijucast
The Kaijucast Finale features nothing but Kyle and his cohosts – like almost all of them!
This final mission will decide the fate of the human race… this is Operation Final Kaijucast!
Welcome to a bittersweet episode release: the final episode of the Kaijucast.
For this finale, I wanted as many cohosts as possible to get an one last opportunity to interact and say goodbye (or ja mataa) to our listeners.
There’s not a lot of Godzilla chatter in this episode, just a bunch of my favorite nerds talking about the podcast and what it’s been like to be part of this experience; this qualifies as a Yak Attack, but I’ve bleeped the few instances where we might have dipped into the “explicit” category. Now everyone can listen!
I want to thank the cohosts, those that listened to the episode live and every single person who has supported the Kaijucast in one form or another over the past ten years.
MUSIC TO MONSTER BY:
1. Monsterman by DEVO from Monsterman (2012)
2. “Major Spielberg” audio clip from Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991)
3. The Giant Fang by Kow Otani from Godzilla Mothra King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack (2001)
4. “Go Go of One Million” audio clip from Godzilla vs the Smog Monster (1971)
5. Mothra Metal by Isao Bito from Mothra Song The Best (1998)
6. Monster From A Prehistoric Planet Trailer Audio (1967)
7. Monsters Over Tokyo by Famous Monsters from Around the World in 80 Bikinis (1999)
8. “Red Dots are decreasing” audio clip from Godzilla vs Monster Zero (1965)
9. Destroy All Monsters AIP Trailer (1968)
10. Main Theme performed by the Bukimisha Weird Secret Society from Daring Daimajin (2006)
11. Gammera the Invincible Trailer (1965)
12. Stomp Tokyo by the Creeping Cruds from The Incredibly Strange People Who Stopped Living & Became… (2005)
13. Ending / Raymond Burr’s Monologue clip from Godzilla 1985 (1985)
It’s been a helluva decade… THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE MONSTER MEMORIES!
The stunning Rodan painting by Bob Eggleton, a gift from the cohosts to the controller, who might have gotten a little choked up in this live and final episode.
11.30.2019: FanVasion Trip Recap
The Kaijucast FanVader crew poses with the Godzilla statue outside of Toho Studios: (from L to R) Mike, Stephan, Clancy, Laura, Andrew, Bryan and James (with Kyle being a dork up front)
The 2019 Kaijucast FanVasion is complete! Clancy and Kyle have returned from their trip to Tokyo (and beyond) with the rest of the “FanVader” team and the two of them sit down to unpack the whole damn thing.
There’s a list below of all the places we went on the trip with some helpful links to anyone heading to Japan themselves – big thanks to our travel group, you guys were awesome!
Make sure to check out the links to our housekeeping announcements!
MUSICAL MOMENTS OF MONSTROUSNESS:
1. Booska Theme performed by Animetal from Animetal Marathon III (1998)
2. “Kong versus Godzilla” Audio Clip from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
3. Appearance Of Gamera by Ko Otani from Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996)
4. Cleansing the Earth of Humanity’s Existence by Oxygen Destroyer from Bestial Manifestations of Malevolence and Death (2018)
Toho Gates’ Godzilla Mural, Statue etc
Kurihama Flower Park for the Godzilla slide
Kawasaki’s “Your Warehouse” Arcade [NOW CLOSED]
Kaiju Sakaba in Kawasaki
Evangelion Store in Ikebukuro
Kadokawa Studios in Chofu + Shop Majin
Nakano Broadway Mall
Godzilla Store in Shinjuku
Shinjuku Gracery Hotel (Godzilla Terrace / Godzilla Room)
Sukugawa Tsuburaya Museum
Ikebukuro’s Owl Cafe
Shibuya’s Tower Records and DiscUnion
and… for those traveling to Tokyo, check out the following not done as part of the FanVasion
TeamLab’s Borderless Exhibit in Odaiba
MIKE’S FIRE RAMEN VIDEO
TSUBURAYA MUSEUM DIORAMA
Sukagawa’s Tsuburaya Museum houses this beautiful Studio Diorama. Photo courtesy of Monster Attack Team Magazine & Toho Co. Ltd.
The FanVasion in the Godzilla Room at the Shinjuku Gracery Hotel!
HOUSEKEEPING: FINAL EPISODE RECORDING
THIS IS IT, GEORGE: The FINAL Episode of the Kaijucast will be recorded LIVE on December 14th, please follow the link below to our Facebook Event and join us in the chatroom if you can!
KAIJUCAST Final Wars Episode FB Event !
HOUSEKEEPING T-SHIRT OF THE MONTH CLUB:
We’re moving the “club” to RedBubble! And to celebrate, there are TWO designs available now:
ANCIENT MONSTER GOMESS Design!
METAL UP JIRASS Mashup Design!
11.03.2019: Godzilla Birthday Celebration in Tokyo
Live from Tokyo’s Godzilla Festival celebration, Kyle and his FanVasion crew talk about the event!
Wow – Tokyo knows how to throw a Godzilla celebration!
Today, I spent the day in Tokyo’s Ginza district at Godzilla Square with my group trip’s kaiju freaks (aka the Kaijucast FanVasion) and we had a great time! The stage shows were fun, the programming was great, the exclusives were super cool – I wish I could have tried some of the food truck-style food but phew! those lines were mega long!
In order to get this episode released ON godzilla’s birthday, it’s a little on the short side, but make sure to check out the two videos I linked to below too (and you can pretend YOU were there)!
MUSICAL MONSTER MOMENTS:
1. Suite From Godzilla 1954 from Akira Ifukube 100: A Legacy of Monster Music (2014)
2. Godzilla’s History According to Dr. Arnold Johnson from King Kong vs Godzilla (1962)
3. Godzilla by The Creatures from Hai! (2003)
4. Look Up There…Gigan & King Ghidorah from Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
5. Goodbye Godzilla by Josie Cotten from Attack of the B-Girls (2007)
Akira Takarada’s Opening Ceremonies Speech (all in Japanese)
The Shodai Godzilla suit walks to the stage!
10.31.2019: Yokai Spooktacular + Yokai Stories’ Zack Davission
Happy Halloween, Kaiju Fiends!!!
Celebrate the spookiest day of our calendar with an all new, super scary episode of the Kaijucast!
Dave, Gretchen and Kyle sit down to discuss the cultural phenomenon that has grown to kaiju-sized levels. Thanks to animated shows like Yokai Watch, Rise of the Yokai Clan and so many more, the world of Japanese ghosts and goblins and things that go obake in the night has really opened up to the West (that’s us, folks!) – anyway, we knew it was time for another Yokai Spooktacular.
Inside of this episode is an interview that Gretchen and I recorded at Rose City Comic Con with yokai author, Zack Davisson. We discuss his newest book Yokai Stories, his career as an author and translator and where you can find his stuff – make sure to click on those show notes below!
We hope you enjoy this conversational and hopefully slightly informative chat by a bunch of yokai fans who want you to become fans yourselves.
1. Shrine Worship (1969) by Chumei Watanabe from Yokai Hyaku Monogatari (1968)
2. Hellboy Sword of Storms Trailer (2006)
3. Kappa Audio Clip from Gegege No Kitaro (2018)
4. Avant Title from Gegege No Kitaro (2018)
5. Hakaba Kitaro Audio Clip (2008)
6. Karankoron no uta from Gegege no Kitaro (1968)
7. Ending by Chumei Watanabe from Yokai Hyaku Monogatari (1968)
8. Oshiete Jiji (the Azuki Bean song) by Kiyoshiro Imawano & Yosui Inoue from The Great Yokai War (2005)
Maser Patrol’s Incredible Yokai Resource from last year Night Parade of 100 Monster Movies
Zack Davission’s website
Zack Davission’s books:
Yurei: The Japanese Ghost
Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Yokai.com – serious encyclopedic website!
Japandemonium Illustrated The Yokai Encyclopedias of Toriyama Seiken
Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Matt Alt
100 Demon Night Parade by Matthew Meyer
In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hern
Japanese Ghosts and Demons by George Brazillier
YOKAI MOVIES AND VIDEOS:
Know Your Yokai on Youtube
Pom Poko — Kyle’s favorite movie from Studio Ghibli
Hellboy Sword of Storms
Gegege No Kitaro on CrunchyRoll
Gantz 0 on Netflix
YOKAI WE TALKED ABOUT!
*links to entries on Yokai.com*
ALL EYES ON DECK:
Hey folks, since this is the end of October, that means there are only two more months of podcast programming planned. Our final episode will be recorded in December and we want you to listen LIVE as we broadcast the final episode of the Kaijucast! We’ll be broadcasting a special “Yak Attack” episode live from the depth of Monster Island’s control room and will once again fire up the chat room.
Mark your calendars for DECEMBER 14th!!!
10.15.2019: Godzilla Millennium Director Masaaki Tezuka
Godzilla director Masaaki Tezuka joins Kyle for a chat about his career in kaiju cinema (originally recorded at G-Fest 2015).
Since the podcast is ending this year, I figured I should probably dig into the archives and find any unearthed gems. This is one of those gems – and it’s a bit shorter than I would have liked so I guess this is before we really had a lot of kaiju clout!
Waaaaaaay back in 2015, I was lucky to interview some of the guests at G-Fest 22 and one of those guests was the director of three Millennium series films, Masaaki Tezuka. Tezuka directed Godzilla X Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003), some seriously great entries in the franchise’s legacy.
I’m a massive fan of his movies, and impressed that in an era where each film was supposed to have its own direction, continuity and director, Tezuka was able to come back to the series twice!
I would love to see him return to the Godzilla series some day. Come on, Toho – Bring back this fan turned director!
1. Fateful Confrontation by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla x Megaguirus (2000)
2. 20 Returning To The Sea by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla x Mothra x Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)
TerrorDave’s Recap of the G-Fest Tezuka panel from 2015
Massive thanks to Jim Figurski and his wife Akiko for their life saving interpretation skills!
09.29.2019: Keith Aiken Interview
Keith Aiken and Kyle finally have an opportunity to sit down and chat about all of the awesome stuff Keith has been involved in.
In the history of me of saying “this interview has been a long time coming”, this one might take the cake. In the very first year of the podcast, I spoke with Keith Aiken about coming on the show to talk about some of the knowledge he had… ten years later, the conversation is finally happening but it’s much more about all of the super cool stuff that Keith has been working on.
If you don’t know Keith Aiken, you will after listening to this episode – he’s essentially been working in the background for a huge number of projects for kaiju fans: the Classic Media releases, commentaries, the 98 Godzilla Animated series – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
I truly hope you enjoy this almost entirely unedited conversation with one of the guys who I’ve been consistently impressed with for well over ten years: Keith Aiken!
1. The Science Patrol Returns by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
2. Two Giant Monsters by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
SciFi Japan on Twitter
SciFi Japan’s Facebook Group
Mill Creek Entertainment’s Ultraman Releases
Mill Creek Entertainment’s 2nd Release Announcement
More information about the Tsuburaya Legal Troubles:
Episode #141 Behind the Booska with Brad Warner
Episode #149 Ultra Mess with August Ragone
The premiere kaiju podcast
Kyle and company weren’t the first kaiju podcast, but they’re the longest-running of all of them. Most, if not all, other giant monster podcasts owe something to Kaijucast. While the show is wrapping up by the end of 2019, what’s left it a backlog of episodes that include film discussions, interviews, and fandom talk. Not many podcasts can beat that variety. The rotating roster of guest hosts adds to that variety and provides lots of great flavor with their quirky personalities.
What more can I say? This is /the/ kaiju podcast.
Best of the best
For years, I’d known of the KaijuCast but was without the proper device to download and listen on a regular basis. This year I finally finagled my iPhone to download the entire archived library of podcasts by the inimitable ‘casters just up the road from my city of Eugene, OR.
Without a doubt, this is the best kaiju-related podcast available. Since I’ve been binging about three-to-four podcasts per day whilst I deliver mail, it’s been interesting aurally observing the changes to the kaiju eiga landscape through their eyes, especially with all of my “foreknowledge” with regards to all the old news items and speculation.
10 out of 10 awesome podcasters.
Kyle and crew,
I have been listening since last year, and have to say it’s been great! You cover a wide spectrum of the genre that, I must say is most impressive! I know this is the last year, which I will seriously miss, but understand your change for the future. But at least having your episode list available will make up for it! Great podcast and highly recommend it! Best of luck in the future!